Nearly 50 students and a dozen or so faculty and staff gathered last week for the first Town Hall with Taylor. The open question-and-answer session was organized to hear from students and share Dean Taylor Randall’s vision for the future of the Eccles School.

Students shared positive experiences and aspects of being part of the University of Utah’s largest college, as well as provided feedback on things that could be improved. Faculty and staff joined in the conversation as well, offering insight and recommendations for programs, policies and procedures.

Town Hall with Taylor was scheduled during the last week of classes this semester, which made it challenging for some to participate (we’ll meet earlier next time). Still, for the first Town Hall event, participation was strong and signaled even greater engagement in the future.

A few noteworthy topics were addressed, which we’d like to share with you here:

Community

There’s a desire to build on the Eccles School’s sense of community. Students should feel empowered to find their community, and most importantly, everyone affiliated with the Eccles School should join a niche community within the school.

This type of engagement will go a long way to position students as stronger job candidates, helping them land their dream job after graduation (and maybe even before). We hope everyone will get involved outside the classroom.

Communication

Students expressed an interest in improving channels of communication with the Eccles School. To that end, if you’re reading this, thank you.

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